Peter Gammons: Some Twins and Red Sox thoughts from Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla.—The Twins got to Yankee Stadium for an October play-in game, and while they ran head-on into the Yankee bullpen, “it had real meaning to us players and to every one of us who grew up in the area,” says Joe Mauer. And instead of patting themselves on the back, from James Pohlad […]

Peter Gammons: Buying and developing starters in an inefficient market

We all get it. There is Chris Sale and Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, when they are healthy, but wins are not what they were when Bob Welch won 27. But begin an analytical lecture with the Astros, because they used the first pick in two drafts to take Mark Appel and Brady […]

Peter Gammons: State of the MLB at the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice arrived and the sun rose on Buzzard’s Bay on three remarkable facts: –Two rookies named Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger led their leagues in home runs, 46 between them, and Bellinger didn’t make it to Los Angeles until April 25; –The three best records and widest run differentials in the National League […]

Coffee and Clippings: Three big questions about the Red Sox’ offense

Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) of the Boston Herald asks three big questions about the Red Sox’ offense… The Red Sox, too, have been scoring at a rapid pace since the millennium began, averaging 5.13 runs per game (regular season and postseason combined), second only to the New York Yankees’ average of 5.14. In the Sox’ World […]

Coffee and Clippings: If rotation struggles, Yanks may make run at a big-name ace

Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) of the NY Post writes that the Yankees may make a run at a big-name ace if the rotation struggles… If I were making an educated guess — and that is all it is — the White Sox’s Jeff Samardzija is as likely to continue to titillate the Yankees as anyone. He […]

Peter Gammons: Figuring out the AL East; Gauging Dodger trade options

OK, Madison Bumgarner had more RBI against Clayton Kershaw Thursday than Hanley Ramirez has in the entire month of May, as many RBI against Kershaw as Pablo Sandoval has against lefthanded pitching all season. Yet, this is the American League East, and as David Ortiz pointed out to the standings on the Green Monster Thursday, […]

Peter Gammons: How do the Red Sox rebuild for 2015?

In the days following his trade deadline deals that exiled Jon Lester, John Lackey and Andrew Miller to the playoffs, Ben Cherington said on WEEI the team doesn’t necessarily need an ‘ace.’ In the world of the tweets, Cherington’s trends were exploding, and wisdom was not part of that trending. Now, most people understood what […]

Red Sox farming for 2015 rotation

With Jon Lester‘s return to the Red Sox unlikely and Clay Buchholz‘s future a certain uncertainty, it appears that the 2013 World Champion pitching rotation will be nothing but a memory going into the 2015 season. Having said that, there are several ways in which a franchise can go about rebuilding a staff. All of them require […]

Peter Gammons: Deadline renovation only the beginning for Red Sox

They spent the weekend introducing themselves to one another. That Dustin Pedroia moved his clubhouse locker from where he had been since he arrived in 2006 to that occupied by Jon Lester on pitchers’ row spoke for how teammates felt for the departed hero of two World Series won, but also that the duckboats and […]

Peter Gammons: Pitchers are athletes; let them be baseball players

On Sunday, Travis Wood shut out the Pirates. Monday, he pinch hit in the 13th inning in Miami, doubled and the Cubs had won two straight. Travis Wood should pinch hit, because he can hit. When he pitches, his bat gives the Cubs a theoretical American League lineup, with a .276/.323/.552/2 HR slash line that […]